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31 Jul 2014

Sir Richard MacCormac Official Announcement

Sir Richard MacCormac by MJP

Sir Richard MacCormac 1938-2014

July 27, 2014 – We are all deeply saddened by the news that Richard MacCormac, the founder of our practice, died yesterday evening after a long illness.

Whilst many architects achieve great success, few achieve distinction in all facets of architecture as Richard did.

In design, as one of the pre-eminent architects of his generation; in education, as an inspirational university professor; in the profession, as President of the Royal Institute of British Architects; as a Royal Academician; as a writer of many articles on architecture; and as an insightful adviser to many distinguished organisations.

St. John’s College Oxford:
St. John’s College Oxford Kendrew Building
picture © Peter Durant

His name is known throughout the profession.

He was the architect’s architect, able to ‘speak’ through design, but also with a rare gift with words, allowing him to lucidly articulate architectural ideas and philosophy. Richard wore his intellect lightly, constantly perspicacious, but always ready with an anecdote or joke. He was eager to exchange ideas with everyone regardless of age or experience.

Perhaps his most striking attribute was his architectural intuition. Discerning the essence of a building’s design, he could quickly assimilate a set of constraints and opportunities, snatch a piece of paper, and straightaway synthesize them in a deft freehand sketch.

Richard founded our office in 1972 with Peter Jamieson and David Prichard. He was an inspiration to the practice with his constant stream of ideas and an unquenchable enthusiasm for architecture which we all share. He left MJP in 2011 to pursue projects on his own, but we carry his architectural ethos with us in all our work.

Jeremy Estop

27 July 2014

Sir Richard MacCormac

Sir Richard MacCormac

RIBA President Stephen Hodder has paid tribute to RIBA Past President Sir Richard MacCormac, who died aged 75 at the weekend.

“Richard’s death is a great loss to architecture. ‘His inspirational work extended the humanist and crafted tradition of British architecture whether it be at the Cable and Wireless Building, Fitzwilliam College Chapel, or the Ruskin Library at the University of Lancaster.”

St. John’s College Oxford Kendrew Building
picture © Peter Durant

“But for me it is his collegiate work in Oxford which is so memorable. The Bowra Building for Wadham College, Jowett’s Walk for Balliol, and the Garden and Kendrew Quadrangles for St John’s, all are beautifully made buildings rooted in their place and tradition. But it is the Sainsbury Building for Worcester College which stands out, with its rigorous and inventive plan; a building which is as much about the wonderful setting of the college as it is about the city it engages with.”

“He was a remarkable, cerebral but accessible architect who transcended the worlds of academia and practice. However, when he came to see me earlier this year, still distressed from his BBC experience, I was reminded of his significant contribution to the RIBA as its president in the early 1990s. Richard instigated it’s journey towards a more outward facing institute, to promote architecture to a wider public; a journey that continues today.”

“He will be sorely missed by so many.”

Posted by the RIBA on Thursday 31st July 2014

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MacCormac Jamieson Prichard – Key Projects

MacCormac Jamieson Prichard – Building News

One Harrow, new building at Harrow College, London, England, UK
2007-
Harrow College Building
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MJP Architects : London building

British Embassy Renovation, Bangkok, Thailand
2006-08

Broadcasting House redevelopment – BBC, London, UK

BBC Building
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MacCormac Jamieson Prichard : Broadcasting House London

The Whittle Arch – The Phoenix Initiative, Millennium Plaza, Coventry, England
2003
Whittle Arch
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Dedicated to the inventor of the jet engine, Sir Frank Whittle.

Key MacCormac Jamieson Prichard buildings

Designs, chronological:

Southwark Station, Jubilee Line Extension, London 1999
Ruskin Library, Lancaster 1998
Trinity College Burrells Field, Cambridge 1997
Cable & Wireless College, Coventry 1993
Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge 1990

Other MacCormac Jamieson Prichard buildings

Designs, chronological:

Charles Babbage Road Flats, Cambridge 2004
Jowett Walk Balliol College, Oxford 1996; 2004
Coventry Phoenix Project, Coventry 2003
Wellcome Wolfson Building, London 2003
Priory Visitor Centre, Coventry 2001
Cable & Wireless Sports Club, Teddington, Surrey, England 1996
Garden Quadrangle St Johns College, Oxford 1993
Launcelot Fleming House, Cambridge 1993
Shadwell Basin, London 1987
The Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford 1983

Key MacCormac Jamieson Prichard buildings

Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England
1990
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects
One of the practice’s key buildings, reserved good quality design
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard : Cambridge college building

Cable & Wireless College, Coventry, England
1993
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects
£24m
for The Cable and Wireless plc

Trinity College Burrell’s Field, Grange Rd, Cambridge, England
1995(97)
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects
Brilliant collection of sensitive yet creative buildings in honey-coloured stone / brick

Ruskin Library, Lancaster, England
1998
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects
Symmetrical oval-planned building with break on axis, takes its lead from the architects’ work at Fitzwilliam College

Southwark Station – JLE, Jubilee Line Extension, London, UK
1999
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects
£70m
for London Underground Ltd
The Jubilee Line Stations were awarded to a series of high quality architects to design such as Foster & Partners, Eva Jiricna and Ian Ritchie Architects.

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MacCormac Jamieson Prichard : Aberdeen University Library shortlist

Other MacCormac Jamieson Prichard buildings

Designs, chronological:

Friendship House, Southwark, London, SE1
2006

Coventry Phoenix Project, Coventry, England
2003
for Coventry City Council £50m

Wellcome Wolfson Building, The Science Museum, London, England
2003
for Science Museum £5.9m

Ballymun Estate Regeneration, Dublin, Ireland
1997-2003 / various phases

Charles Babbage Road Flats – North + South Residences, Cambridge, England
2003-04
Buildings: Fawcett Court, Forster Court & Franklin Court

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Project, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
2003
Boathouse No. 6 Refurbishment

Durham Millennium City Project, Durham, England
2003

Priory Visitor Centre, Coventry, England
2001
for Coventry City Council £0.6m

Balliol College Oxford – Jowett Walk, Balliol College, Oxford, England
1996; 2004
for Balliol College, Oxford £3m; £3m

St Anne’s School – Playground Canopy, Hunton St, east London
1994

St Johns College Oxford – Garden Quadrangle, St Johns College, Oxford, England
1993
Classic honey-coloured brickwork with banding and window framing expressed in cream stone. For St Johns College £7.5m

Launcelot Fleming House, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, England
1993
for Trinity Hall

The Bowra Building, Wadham College, Oxford, England
1993
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard award – RIBA Awards 1993 Regional Award : Southern

Shadwell Basin, London Docklands, London, England
1987
for London Docklands Development Corporation £11m

The Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford, England
1983
for Worcester College, Oxford £1.1m

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